Adobe and Default Browsers

In January, CNET ran an article titled “Time for vendors to stop foisting IE onto consumers” which asks “Why the hell do Adobe CS4 help and Lightroom geotag links launch Internet Explorer? It’s not even my secondary browser, much less default.”

According to Andy Rahn, an engineer on the Lightroom team, there is no bias toward which browser is invoked from Lightroom, we simply look to the operating system registry for what the user has defined as the default browser. That’s not to say this always works correctly. There may be issues with certain browsers registering with the operating system correctly as the default browser.

In a follow up with the individual who originally reported the problem on Twitter, it sounded like the issue may be specific to Google Chrome and the Vista 64-bit operating system. Google released an update yesterday that includes changes that include: “Fixed several problems with making Google Chrome the default browser on Windows Vista.”

If you’re experiencing applications not launching the correct browser, try setting the default browser manually.

[Update: Stephen Shankland posted an update: Adobe’s default-browser advice worked for me. Thanks to Stephen for working with us to track down this issue and post additional details. – JT]

3 Responses to Adobe and Default Browsers

  1. Jorge Ituarte says:

    “Why the hell do Adobe CS4 help and Lightroom geotag links launch Internet Explorer? It’s not even my secondary browser, much less default.”I am so sick of this PR war for “tards” between MS and Google. How can anyone other Kool-Aid drinking sophomoric idiots be so animate about a damn browser. All I see currently happening is a segregation of the internet that hurts the consumer period. MS has 1.5 billion (with a B) customers. If I were Adobe I would be a heck of a lot more concerned with the current price of Adobe stock. Do the math and grow up you guys. You have are a lot more important things to worry about these days.

  2. AT says:

    Instead of digging in the registry just use ShellExecute windows API call and pass URL as lpFile parameter. Then windows will find default browser for you. This makes your application also more future proof when MS decides to change some registry keys.

  3. Claudio says:

    Any new on Lightroom 2.3 Final Release?